actresses The Greatest '80s Teen Stars  

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List Rules Actors who were under 20 years old in 1980s films

The greatest teen stars of the '80s are well-remembered on this countdown. They were everywhere--they ruled the box office, kept butts on couches on the small screen, and took over the radio. The stars that appeared on your locker room, your lunchbox, and even as dolls are recognized for the lasting impact they left on America.
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1
4,094 878
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Michael J. Fox Back to the Future, Teen Wolf, Family Ties

2
3,580 897
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Molly Ringwald The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

3
3,619 1,098
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

4
2,658 1,217
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Winona Ryder Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,593 1,073
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ralph Macchio The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

6
2,664 874
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Rob Lowe The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

7
2,772 1,000
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Robert Downey Jr. Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist, Back to School

8
2,477 1,104
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Alyssa Milano Who's The Boss?

9
2,862 769
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Emilio Estevez The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

10
2,641 916
River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
River Phoenix Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita

11
2,254 706
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added John Cusack Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

12
2,237 761
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matthew Broderick WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

13
1,924 999
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ally Sheedy The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

14
2,209 588
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kevin Bacon National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

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15
1,932 977
Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Demi Moore St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...

16
2,091 1,025
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Charlie Sheen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

17
2,010 1,065
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

18
1,743 1,044
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Brooke Shields Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
1,691 538
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Kiefer Sutherland The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

20
1,985 927
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Feldman The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

21
2,229 768
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Haim Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

22
1,809 884
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matt Dillon The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

23
1,919 636
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Anthony Michael Hall National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

24
1,868 781
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
First L added Christina Applegate Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly

25
1,666 557
Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn

26
1,632 786
Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Patrick Dempsey Can't Buy Me Love, Meatballs III: Summer Job

27
1,639 888
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Neil Patrick Harris Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

28
1,485 577
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Lea Thompson Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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29
1,585 746
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Andrew McCarthy Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

30
1,630 808
Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Phoebe Cates Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

31
1,270 910
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Diane Lane National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

32
1,222 328
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Christian Slater Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

33
1,076 373
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Elisabeth Shue The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

34
1,417 705
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Bateman Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

35
1,402 837
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
James Spader Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

The Absolute Best '80s Dance Moves (in GIF Form)

36
1,426 905
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kirk Cameron The Best of Times, Growing Pains

37
961 655
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Jennifer Connelly Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

38
1,172 968
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Penn Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

39
1,171 461
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Astin The Goonies, The War of the Roses

40
759 344
Wil Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Wil Wheaton Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Flubber

41
902 556
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
NfThrailkill added Brad Pitt Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

42
979 856
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Justine Bateman Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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43
972 865
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ricky Schroder Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

44
1,157 674
Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Jon Cryer Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out

45
925 821
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Patric The Lost Boys, The Beast

46
696 280
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda

47
1,123 735
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jennifer Jason Leigh Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

48
1,084 716
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jami Gertz The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

49
1,065 527
C. Thomas Howell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added C. Thomas Howell E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider-Man

50
898 701
Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Mary Stuart Masterson Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range